The Darling Exceptional Women Awards took place on 20 September 2018 at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. Hosted by actress Matshepo Maleme, the awards celebrated the achievements of five exceptional women in the entertainment industry, and featured a live performance by Sho Madjozi. Guests also had the opportunity to experience a manicure by Candy & Co before the event.
“The Darling Exceptional Women Awards is a platform that recognises excellence in women, not only in the entertainment industry, but also the Mothers, Sisters, Daughters to whom they owe their crown,” said Maleme, by way of introduction. Many of the winners paid tribute to the strong women who had supported and inspired them – family, friends and those who had led the way.
The awards recognised Best Newcomer (Kwezi Ndlovu), Social Media Influencer (Farieda Metsileng), Best Actress (Zimkhitha Nyoka) and Best Musician (Sho Madjozi), and a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to entertainment legend Thembi Mtshali.